Sarasate: Pablo de. Sheet Music and Biography

By | June 4, 2021

Sarasate Sheet Music

Black & White photograph of Pablo de Sarasate playing the violin
Pablo de Sarasate
10 March 1844- 20 Sept 1908

Pablo de Sarasate (born 10 March 1844) was a Spanish violinist, composer and conductor. He is one of the biggest violin soloists there has ever been. His most popular piece is Zigeunerweisen along with his four books of Spanish Dances and the Carmen Fantasy (which he uses themes from Bizets’s Carmen).

You can see our Sarasate sheet music collection on the site.

Early Life

Sarasate was born in Pamplona famous for the bull running festival San Fermín. His father was in the military and he taught his son violin lessons at the age of five. His first public performance was three years later. Sarasate went to Madrid to study with violinist Manuel Rodriguez Sáez, proving popular with court of Queen Isabel II.

At the age of twelve he travelled to Paris with his mother. However, this ended in tragedy as she died of a heart attack on the journey, then Sarasate was diagnosed with cholera. The Spanish consul nursed him back to health financing his trip to Paris.

Career

Sarasate was accepted at the Paris Conservatoire. Five years later went on to win their most prestigious prize, thus launching his career. Starting in 1859 and throughout his career, he embarked on world tours. However, he always returned to Pamplona for the San Fermin Festival.

He influenced a generation of composers such as Camille Saint-Saëns, Max Bruch, Édouard Lalo, and Antonín Dvořák who wrote some of their most famous pieces for him.

His most performed works are his Spanish Dances Op. 21, 22, 23, 26. He also composed sets of variations that consisted of other composers works arranged for the violin.

He died on 20 September 1908 at the age of sixty four from chronic bronchitis.

Sarasate Sheet Music Downloads and Further Reading

On music-scores.com we have ten arrangements of Sarasate’s music including various instrumental versions of Sarasate’s Op.21, 22 and 23 from his collection of Spanish Dances in PDF format.

For further reading on this composer why not take a look at Wikipedia and Britannica.

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